Liverpool’s defeat to Chelsea on Sunday means Manchester United only need a point against West Ham United to guarantee a second place Premier League finish this season.
The pair, along with the ineffective Juan Mata, failed to click as a front three and Mourinho stated after the game that the performance explained why they didn’t start ahead of Romelu Lukaku.
Thursday’s visit to West Ham United, who secured their Premier League safety over the weekend, presents an opportunity for the pair to prove their boss wrong.
United had a front three in force at Brighton but never once did it look unified or dynamic at all, operating at a snails pace and failing to generate any actual space in behind. The whole thing was just flat from start to finish.
Perhaps Mourinho, in response, will opt for his occasionally used tactic of matching the opposing team’s formation, trusting the ability of his players to have too much quality on the ball.
Specifically, he will want to see Alexis Sanchez acting as a springboard for more direct attacks down the middle, opening up space for Martial and Rashford in behind.